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FGDC Metadata Standard

  • FGDC Standard, Extensions, Profiles

    FGDC Metadata Homepage

    Geospatial Metadata Standards

    FGDC Geospatial Metadata Standards
    FGDC Metadata Standard originally adopted in 1994 (version 1.0) and revised in 1998 (version 2.0).

    FGDC CSDGM Workbook, Version 2.0

    User-friendly view of the CSDGM that includes background on the development of the standard, explanations of special format requirements, example values, FAQs, and sample metadata. This workbook is highly recommended for use in all introductory metadata training and as a desktop reference guide.

    CSDGM—Extension for Remote Sensing Data
    Extended elements to support the documentation of geospatial data directly obtained from remote sensing. This extension includes elements that describe the remote sensing platform and sensors. This extension is intended for the documentation of data collected directly from the sensor. It is not intended for the documentation of data derived from remotely sensed data such as classified imagery. The core CSDGM standard should be used to document derived data.

CSDGMBiological Data Profile
The profile broadens the application of the CSDGM so that it is more easily applied to data that are not explicitly geographic (laboratory results, field notes, specimen collections, research reports) but can be associated with a geographic location. The profile changes the conditionality and domains of CSDGM elements, requires the use of a specified taxonomical vocabulary, and adds elements.

CSDGM—Metadata Profile for Shoreline Data
The profile addresses variability in the definition and mapping of shorelines by providing a standardized set of terms and data elements required to support metadata for shoreline and coastal datasets. The profile also includes a glossary and bibliography.

  • Guides & Tutorials

    Image Map of the FGDC CSDGM
    Visual representation of the CSDGM.

    “Colorized” CSDGM
    The production rules for the CSDGM presented in a hierarchical arrangement using color and font style.

    Formal Metadata
    Information and Software
    Guide to writing FGDC metadata and descriptions of the necessary software tools and packages from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

    Editorial: How to Review Metadata

    Guidelines for reviewing FGDC metadata from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

    Integrating Metadata Education Strategies
    Strategies developed to address constraints on adopting and using the CSDGM, including materials for incorporating metadata into GIS curriculum, offered by the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC), and funded by the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) and the FGDC.

    Metadata Education Project
    Introduction to geospatial metadata, using and implementing metadata, clearinghouses, and examples of good and bad metadata, also offered by the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC), and funded by the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) and the FGDC.

    NSGIC Metadata PrimerA How To Guide on Metadata Implementation
    Guide designed to provide a practical overview of the issues associated with developing and maintaining metadata for digital spatial data. It is targeted toward an audience of state, local, and tribal government personnel. “The Metadata Primer” is part of a larger metadata research and education project undertaken by the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) and funded by the Federal Geographic Data Committee’s Competitive Cooperative Agreements Program (CCAP).

    LAGIC Metadata WorkBook
    Guide for CSDGM metadata creation, initiated by the Louisiana Geographic Information Center (LAGIC).

  • Training Resources

    FGDC Metadata

    Training materials, registry of trainers, and the Training Event Calendar.

  • Metadata Record Samples

    Gridded Population of the World, Version 3 (GPWv3): Population Density Grid from the SEDAC Catalog

    NSDI Spatial Metadata Samples Library
    Samples of spatial metadata contributed by a variety of sources.

Additional Metadata Standards

Catalogs & Clearinghouses

  • FGDC Clearinghouse and Registry

    Clearinghouse Q & A

    Geospatial One-Stop (GOS)
    Catalog of geospatial information containing thousands of metadata records and links to live maps, features, and catalog services, downloadable datasets, images, clearinghouses, map files, and more.

Controlled Vocabularies

CIESIN Indexing Vocabulary

Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords and Associated Directory Keywords

CIESIN Home Page

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